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pdf Beaulieu, A. and Leonelli, S. (2021) Data and Society: A Critical Introduction. UK: SAGE.

pdf Leonelli, S. and Tempini, N. (eds) (2020) Data Journeys in the Sciences. Springer.

Leonelli, S. (2016) Data-Centric Biology: A Philosophical Study. Chicago, IL: Chicago University Press. pp. 288.

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Journal articles

pdf Leonelli, S (forthcoming) Open Science and Epistemic Pluralism: Friends or Foes? Philosophy of Science. Preprint available on PhilSci Archive.

Leonelli, S. (forthcoming) Scaling Up: The Radical Challenge of Democratic Data Governance. Frontiers Policy Labs.

Castaño, P. (2021) From Value to Valuation: Pragmatist and Hermeneutic Orientations for Assessing Science on the International Space StationThe American Sociologist 52,671–701. Doi: 10.1007/s12108-021-09515-y

pdf Staunton, C. Et al. (2021) Open science, data sharing and solidarity: Who benefits?. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 43: 115. Doi: 10.1007/s40656-021-00468-6.

pdf Krige, J and Leonelli, S (forthcoming 2021) Mobilizing the Translational History of Knowledge Flows: COVID-19 and the Politics of Knowledge at the Borders. History of Technology. Doi: 10.1080/07341512.2021.1890524.

Cousins, T. Et al. (2021) The Changing Climates of Global Health. BMJ Global Health. Doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2021-005442.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2021) Data Science in Times of Pan(dem)ic. Harvard Data Science Review, 3(1). Doi: 10.1162/99608f92.fbb1bdd6.

Leonelli, S. (2021) Rejoinder: The Present and Future of Data Science in Society. Harvard Data Science Review, 3(1). Doi: 10.1162/99608f92.fc216595.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2021) Data Science in Times of Pan(dem)ic. Harvard Data Science Review, 3(1). (Featured article, accompanied by seven discussion pieces.) Doi: 10.1162/99608f92.fbb1bdd6.

Leonelli, S. (2020) ‘Big data’; plurality; neutrality; AI; Coronavirus; pandemic; relativism; ‘open science’. In: The Index of Evidence, 61.

pdf Arnaud, E. Et al (2020) The Ontologies Community of Practice: An Initiative by the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture. Patterns 1: 100105.

Geraint, P. Et al. (2020) How to Build an Effective Research Network: Lessons from Twenty Years of the GARNet Plant Science Community. Journal of Experimental Botany, 71(22):6881–6889. Doi: 10.1093/jxb/eraa397.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2019) Data – From Objects to Assets. Nature 574, 317–321.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2018) Re-Thinking Reproducibility as a Criterion for Research Quality. Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, 36(B): 129–146. Part of a special issue/symposium on the work of Mary Morgan, “Curiosity, Imagination and Surprise”.

pdf Tempini, N. and Leonelli, S. (2018) Concealment and Discovery: The Role of Information Security in Biomedical Data Re-Use. Social Studies of Science, 48(5): 663–690. DOI: 10.1177/0306312718804875.

pdf Leonelli, S., Rappert, B., Bezuidenhout, L. (2018) Introduction: Open Data and Africa. Data Science Journal, 17: 5. DOI: 10.5334/dsj-2018-005.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2017) Global Data Quality Assessment and the Situated Nature of “Best” Research Practices in Biology. Data Science Journal, 16: 32. DOI: 10.5445/dsj-2017-032. Part of the special collection “Open Data and Africa” with introduction by Leonelli, Rappert & Bezuidenhout.

pdf Leonelli, S., Davey, R.P., Arnaud, E., Parry, G. and R. Bastow (2017) Data management and best practice for plant science. Nature Plants, 3: 17086. doi: 10.1038/nplants.2017.86.

pdf Bezuidenhout, L., Rappert, B. Kelly, A. and Leonelli, S. (2017) Beyond the digital divide: Towards a situated approach to open data. Science and Public Policy, 44(4): 464–475. DOI: 10.1093/scipol/scw036.

pdf Weckowska, D., Levin, N., Leonelli, S., Dupré, J. and Castle, D. (2017) Managing the Transition to Open Access Publishing: A Psychological Perspective. Prometheus, pp 1–25. DOI: 10.1080/08109028.2017.1408289.

pdf Ankeny, R.A. (2017) Bringing Data Out of the Shadows. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 42(2): 306–310.

pdf Ankeny, R.A. and Leonelli, S. (2016) Repertoires: A post-Kuhnian perspective on scientific change and collaborative research. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science part A, 60: 18–28.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2016) Locating Ethics in Data Science: Responsibility and Accountability in Global and Distributed Knowledge Production. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: Part A, 374: 20160122 (12 pg).

pdf Leonelli, S., Rappert, B. and Davies, G. (2016) Introduction — Data Shadows: Knowledge, Openness, and Absence (Editorial to special issue). Science, Technology, & Human Values, 42(2): 191–202. doi: 10.1177/0162243916687039

pdf Levin, N. and Leonelli, S. (2016) How does one “open” science? Questions of value in biological research. Science, Technology and Human Values, 0162243916672071 (pp. 1–26). doi: 10.1177/0162243916672071.

Bezuidenhout, L., Kelly, A.H., Leonelli, S. and Rappert, B. (2016) $100 Is Not Much To You: Open Access and Neglected Accessibilities for Data-Driven Science in Africa. Critical Public Health, 27(1): 39-49. doi: 10.1080/09581596.2016.1252832.

pdf Levin, N., Leonelli, S., Weckowska, D. Et al. (2016) How Do Scientists Define Openness? Exploring the Relationship Between Open Science Policies and Research Practice. Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 36(2): 128–141. doi: 10.1177/0270467616668760.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2016) The disruptive potential of data publication. Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London (Spec. Iss.). doi: 10.1098/rsnr.2016.0036.

pdf Leonelli, S. and Ankeny, R.A. (2015) Repertoires: How to Transform a Project into a Research Community. BioScience, 65(7): 701–708.

pdf Leonelli, S., Spichtiger, D. and Prainsack, B. (2015) Sticks AND Carrots: Encouraging open science at its roots. Geo, 2(1): 12–16. doi: 10.1002/geo2.2. Two substantive responses to this paper have been published on

Boumans, M. and Leonelli, S. (2013) Introduction: On the Philosophy of Science in Practice. Journal for the General Philosophy of Science, 44: 259. doi:10.1007/s10838-013-9232-6.

pdf Leonelli, S., Smirnoff, N., Moore, J., Cook, C. and Bastow, R. (2013) Making Open Data Work in Plant Science. Journal for Experimental Botany, 64 (14): 4109–4117. doi: 10.1093/jxb/ert273.

pdf Davies, G., Frow, E. and Leonelli, S. (2013) Bigger, Faster, Better? Rhetorics and Practices of Large-Scale Research in Contemporary Bioscience (Introduction to Special Issue of same title, edited by Davies, Frow & Leonelli). BioSocieties, 8: 386–396. doi: 10.1057/biosoc.2013.26.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2013) Global Data for Local Science: Assessing the Scale of Data Infrastructures in Biological and Biomedical Research. BioSocieties, 8:449–465. doi: 10.1057/biosoc.2013.23.

pdf Sunder Rajan, K. and Leonelli, S. (2013) Introduction: Biomedical Trans-actions, Post-Genomics and Knowledge/Value (Introduction to Special Issue ‘Translational Research in the Life Sciences’, edited by Sunder Rajan & Leonelli). Public Culture, 25(3 71):463–475.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2013) Why the Current Insistence on Open Access to Scientific Data? Big Data, Knowledge Production and the Political Economy of Contemporary Biology. Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, 33(1–2): 6–11. doi: 10.1177/0270467613496768. Supplemental mp3 podcast available.

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Edited book section and special issues

Leonelli, S. and Teira, D. (2021) Biomedical knowledge in a time of crisis: Historical and philosophical perspectives on COVID-19. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences.

Kirk, R., Leonelli, S. and Myelnikov, D. (2021) Circulating Bodies: Human-Animal Movements in Science and Medicine. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences.

Crosas, M., Leonelli, S. and Mounce, R. (2021) Data Quality and Data Access for Research. Data.

Bezuidenhout, L., Leonelli, S. and B. Rappert (2018) Open Data in Africa. Data Science Journal, 17. DOI: 10.5334/dsj-2018-005.

Leonelli, S., Rappert, B. and Davies, G. (2017) Data Shadows: Knowledge, Openness, and Absence. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 42(2).

Davies, G., Frow, E. and Leonelli, S. (2013) ‘Bigger, Faster, Better? Rhetorics and Practices of Large-Scale Research in Contemporary Bioscience’. BioSocieties, 8: 386–490.

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Book chapters

Leonelli, S. (2022, in press) How Data Cross Borders: Globalising Plant Knowledge through Transnational Data Management and Its Epistemic Economy. In: Krige, J. (Ed) Writing the Transnational History of Knowledge Flows in a Global Age. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Castaño, P. (2020) “Incertidumbre e Investigacioìn Cientiìfica en la Estacioìn Espacial Internacional” [Uncertainty and Scientific Research on the International Space Station]. In: Ramos Torre, R. and Garcia Selgas, F. (Eds.) Incertidumbres en las sociedades contemporáneas. Madrid: Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas.

Boumans, M. and Leonelli, S. (2020) From Dirty Data to Tidy Facts: Practices of Clustering in Plant Phenomics and Business Cycles. In: Leonelli, S. and Tempini, N. (Eds) Data Journeys in the Sciences. Springer.

Leonelli, S. (2020) Learning from Data Journeys. In: Leonelli, S. and Tempini, N. (Eds) Data Journeys in the Sciences. Springer.

Leonelli, S. (2020) Preface: Roadmaps for the Reader. In: Leonelli, S. and Tempini, N. (Eds) Data Journeys in the Sciences. Springer.

Ankeny, R.A. and Leonelli, S. (2019) Using Repertoires to Explore Changing Practices in Recent Coral Research. In: Matlin, K., Maienschein, J. and Ankeny, R.A. (Eds.) From the Beach to the Bench: Why Marine Biological Studies? Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2019) Scientific Agency and Social Scaffolding in Contemporary Data-Intensive Biology. In: Wimsatt, W. and Love, A. (Eds) Beyond the Meme: Articulating Dynamic Structures in Cultural Evolution. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

pdf Prainsack, B. and Leonelli, S. (2018) Responsibility. In: Nerlich B., Smith, A., Hartley, S. and Raman, S. (Eds) Science and the Politics of Openness: Here Be Monsters. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 97–106.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2018) Assembling Biomedical Big Data. In: Meloni, M., Cromby, J., Fitzgerald, D. and Lloyd, S. (Eds) The Palgrave Handbook for Biology and Society. Palgrave, pp. 317-337.

Leonelli, S. (2016) Epistemische Diversität im Zeitalter von Big Data: Wie Dateninfrastrukturen der biomedizinischen Forschung dienen [Epistemic Diversity in the Age of Big Data: How Data Infrastructures Serve Biomedical Research]. In: Blum, A., Zschocke, N., Rheinberger, H.J. and Barras, V. (Eds), Diversität: Geschichte und Aktualität eines Konzepts. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, pp. 85–106.

Ankeny, R.A. and Leonelli, S. (2015) Valuing Data in Postgenomic Biology: How Data Donation and Curation Practices Challenge the Scientific Publication System. In: Richardson, S. and Stevens, H. (eds) Postgenomics. Duke University Press, pp. 126-149.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2010) Packaging Data for Re-Use: Databases in Model Organism Biology. In: Howlett, P. and Morgan, M.S. (eds) How Well Do Facts Travel? The Dissemination of Reliable Knowledge. Cambridge University Press, pp.325-348.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2010) The Commodification of Knowledge Exchange: Governing the Circulation of Biological Data. In: Radder, H. (ed) The Commodification of Academic Research: Science and the Modern University. Pittsburgh University Press, pp.132-157.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2009) Centralising Labels to Distribute Data: The Regulatory Role of Genomic Consortia. In: Atkinson, P., Glasner, P. and Lock, M. (eds) The Handbook for Genetics and Society: Mapping the New Genomic Era. London: Routledge, pp. 469-485.

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Consultations and reports

Welch, E. Et al. (2021) Post COVID-19 Implications on Genetic Diversity and Genomics Research & Innovation: A Call for Governance and Research Capacity. UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), White Paper (released 6 July 2021).

Alan Turing Institute (2021) Data Science and AI in the Age of COVID-19 (Group lead of the “Data readiness, collection and monitoring” working group). Alan Turing Institute Report.

DATA TOGETHER (2020) Open Science for a Global Transformation. Data Together, response to UNESCO Consultation on Open Science. 29 pp.

Open Science Policy Platform (2020) Progress on Open Science: Towards a Shared Research Knowledge System. Final Report of the Open Science Policy Platform: European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. DOI: 10.2777/00139.

Consulting role (July 2020) on the report The Future of Citizen Data Systems. UK Government Office for Science, September 2020.

Ankeny, R. and Leonelli, S. (2019) Response (presentation) to invitation to contribute to the Inquiry on the nature of collections in the life sciences by the US National Academies of Sciences, “A Philosophical Perspective on Biological Collections”.

pdf Vermeir, K., Riede, M. and Leonelli, S. (2018) Opportunities and Challenges for implementing Plan S. Position statement of the GYA.

pdf Lawrence, R., MacCallum, C.J., Leonelli, S. Et al. (2018) Integrated advice of the Open Science Policy Platform Recommendations (OSPP-REC). Accepted summary recommendations for Open Science in the EU.

pdf Miedema, F., Mayer, K., Holmberg, K. and Leonell, S.(2018) Open Science: Altmetrics and Rewards. Final report on the Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE) on Open Science of the European Commission.

pdf Vermeir, K., Leonelli, S. Et al. (2018) Global Access to Research Software: The Forgotten Pillar of Open Science Implementation.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2018) Altmetrics and Rewards – Implementing Open Science: Strategies, Experiences and Models. Thematic Report No 4 for the Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE) on Open Science of the European Commission.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2017) Altmetrics and Rewards – Incentives and Rewards to engage in Open Science Activities. Thematic Report No 3 for the Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE) on Open Science of the European Commission; its highlights are available as a slideshow on the Resources page.

pdf Leonelli, S., Lawrence R. and Edmond, J. (2017) Recommendations on Open Science Publishing, position statement by the Open Science Policy Platform of the European Commission. Published online 25 April 2017.

pdf British Academy and The Royal Society (2017) Data management and use: Governance in the 21st century. London: The Royal Society Newsletter (June 2017), Pp 1-99. Perspective 6, “Data use, equality and society” (pp 45-46) written by Sabina Leonelli.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2016) Why Open Data Now? Big Data, Knowledge Production and the Political Economy of Research. Chapter 2 (pp. 7–11) of the joint Digital Science/are State of Open Data report (October 2016; press release here).

pdf Leonelli, S., Martens, L. and Latre, S. (2016) Position statement on Open Data of the Young Academies of Europe and Global Young Academy (April 2016).

pdf DataScience group response to RCUK [now UKRI] draft Concordat on Open Data (September 2015).

Leonelli, S. (2016) Co-author of the Global Young Academy (GYA) Response to the Next-generation Altmetrics: Responsible Metrics and Evaluation for Open Science Call for Evidence by the Open Science Policy Platform of the EC.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2014) Global Young Academy Response to Science 2.0: Science in Transition consultation of The European Commission’s Directorates-General for Research and Innovation.

pdf Levin, N. and Leonelli, S. (2014) Workshop Report “The Value of Open Science”. EASST Review 33(1): 15–17.

pdf Leonelli, S. Et al. (2013) Global Young Academy (GYA) Position Statement on Global Research. November 2013.

pdf Leonelli, S. Et al. (2012) Global Young Academy (GYA) Position Statement on Open Science. November 2012.

pdf Leonelli, S. and Bastow, R. (2012) Making Data Accessible to All (Report for GARNet/BBSRC). Reported in EASST Reviews 31(3) by Bezuidenhout, L. and J. Donaghy.

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Encyclopaedia entries

Leonelli, S. (2020) Scientific Research and Big Data. In Edward N. Zalta (ed.) (Summer 2020 Edition) The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

pdf Fleming, L.E. Et al. (2017) Big Data in Environment and Human Health: Challenges and Opportunities. Oxford Encyclopaedia for Environment and Human Health. Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199389414.013.541.

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Data resource

Plant Database Map [data visualisation tool tracking the history and current geography of plant data linkage initiatives globally] launched December 2019.

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